Talk openly about sex and risk jail

A 32-year-old Saudi man could face court for debauchery, premarital sex and for breaking the Islamic code after he was interviewed by a Lebanese channel about his sex life.

If found guilty, divorced father of four Mazen Abdul Jawad will face either 20 years in jail or between 13,000 and 20,000 strikes by horsewhip. It was his revelations on the Lebanese talkshow, "The Red Line" that have left the airline employee facing prosecution. Aired on July 15 on Lebanese channel LBC, his declarations about foreplay, sex toys and frigidity left the conservative Saudi population quite frankly stunned.

Around 100 of the most outraged of these people filed complaints about his actions to the court in Jeddah. Many also contacted his employer, Saudi Arabian Airlines, demanding that he be sacked.

In an interview with daily newspaper Okaz on Saturday, Abdul Jawad begged for forgiveness of the Saudi people, and blamed the incident on the channel. It was them, he said, that supplied the sex toys, and then aired the programme without blurring his face. LBC refutes the allegations, but itself has become a target for the conservatives, who call for it to be banned in the kingdom.  

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The infamous interview

Translation and subtitles by FRANCE 24.

“People here think that you can do whatever you want as long as you keep it private”

Ahmed Al-Omran is a Saudi blogger from Riyadh.

In a conservative society like Saudi Arabia, this guy should have expected to get aggressive reactions when talking publicly about his sex life. People here are not used to such declarations. They were in shock and did not understand why he did it since he must have known the consequences. Many consider him stupid - some even said that he should be sued for stupidity rather than debauchery! Others believe that he was tricked by the LBC into saying things and that the show is into sensationalising news and does not have a good reputation in the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Besides, Saudis do get defensive when outsiders criticise their society.

I was surprised that so many people acted on it and submitted complaints. Legally, I guess that their complaints do not stand in court. But if the public prosecutor decides to sue him, then it's a different story.

People here think that you can do whatever you want as long as you keep it private. This is hypocritical but it is prevalent in Saudi society. However, the country is changing and mentalities are too. The pace of change is slow and many, like me, are frustrated to see things evolving so slowly on the social and political levels but I think it's not hopeless, and I hope that in 40 years we won't be struggling with the same issues."

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ASHAME on you BEARD MAN

MuslimBeard ??
you are the real Shaitaan !!
you are not a MUSLIM at all, we all know !!
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AShame on you Beard Man

Jaffer Jerk (ignorant man)
why don't you refute ! and challenge what i have written instead of attacking mr personally which all you weakly ee-maan-ad people do. I assume you also support defend the Taliban , for cutting throats of people as speedly Islamic justice or a male canning women for suspeccted unsubstianted allegations of zinna , All you can say is that I am a shaitaan, come on Jaffar we are a 1.5 Billion people around the world we should be able to take real criticism like all other religions, we can defend our Religion without out bullshiting about it ! Stop being a weakling take it like a man and defend your beliefs without calling me a Shaitan , Get some of your Ulema's to refute what I am saying !!! even the Wahab's claim that (PHUB) was a messanger of Allah and just another human being like the rest of us but with a higher calling !

saudi talking about Sex going to Jail

I am not a muslim but i am aware of muslim culture and Saudians in particular. It is not wrong to educate people about sex and all. But to puplicly inform a muslim country and a person coming from the same religion was not acceptable for you. You should know more about yourselves better than other culture. If you are a muslim living in the Uinted States you would not care or reacted that much. It was done in a wrong place and being told by the person who is more liberated and open minded. Before we judge anyone, our fellow men we have to see ourselves in the mirror first. Who is satan and not.. if we are for one are the one's who is the satan ourselves. Ask yourself if you have been perfect being that you are judging this person. I am not saying he is right. But what made you think he is SAtan and you are not. Look at around you. perhaps all through out you life did you become so perfect that you don't insult someone.. or did you feed the poor.. at some point of your life you never engaged into premarital sex? or look at a sexy photo? or even fantasized of sex? Do you beat your wife? Maybe this guy is too brave to tell that at the age of 14 he is doing sex but do you think he is alone? How many are like him? No one else shared an experience like he did and he honestly tell about his experience?
We are not God to judge one another. Let God do his task.. To judge us all. excluding you. Whether its dicrete or not... you only know and God knows who is good inside and out!

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